Telescope training for amateurs and professionals, with recommendations on 'scopes.

The Importance of Telescope Training in Data Interpretation
D. G. Whelan et al. (Submitted on 12 Jul 2019)

In this State of the Profession Consideration, we will discuss the state of hands-on observing within the profession, including: information about professional observing trends; student telescope training, beginning at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as a key to ensuring a base level of technical understanding among astronomers; the role that amateurs can take moving forward; the impact of telescope training on using survey data effectively; and the need for modest investments in new, standard instrumentation at mid-size aperture telescope facilities to ensure their usefulness for the next decade.